Keynote Speakers

Jody Forlizzi, Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, School of Design and Human-Computer Interaction Institute
Jodi Forlizzi is a Professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute and the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research ranges from understanding the limits of human attention to understanding how products and services evoke social behavior. She designs and researches systems ranging from peripheral displays to social and assistive robots. Her current research interests include designing educational games that are engaging and effective, designing services that adapt to people’s needs, and designing for healthcare. Jodi is a member of the Association for Computer Machinery Computer-Human Interaction Academy and has been honored by the Walter Reed Army Medical Center for excellence in design research. Jodi has consulted with Disney and General Motors to create innovative product-service systems.


Giorgio Metta, Professor, Director of the iCub Facility Department, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Italy)
Prof. Giorgio Metta is Director of the iCub Facility department at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) where he coordinates the development of the iCub robotic platform/project. He is Deputy Director of IIT delegate to the international relations and external funding. In this role he is member of the board of directors of euRobotics aisbl, the European reference organization for robotics research. He was previously with the University of Genoa and, since 2012, has been Professor of Cognitive Robotics at the University of Plymouth. From 2001 to 2002, he was postdoctoral associate at the MIT AI-Lab. He holds an MSc cum laude (1994) and PhD (2000) in electronic engineering both from the University of Genoa.
His research activities are in the fields of biologically motivated and humanoid robotics and, in particular, in developing humanoid robots that can adapt and learn from experience. Giorgio Metta is author of approximately 250 peer-reviewed publications. He has been working as principal investigator and research scientist in about a dozen EU projects.
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Johan Redström, Professor, Head of Research, Umeå Institute of Design (Sweden)
Johan Redström is Professor and Research Director at Umeå Institute of Design. He previously held the position of Design Director at the Interactive Institute. The focus of his research is on experimental design and design philosophy, and recent books include “Share this book: critical perspectives and dialogues about design and sustainability” (w. Mazé, Olausson, Plöjel, Redström, and Zetterlund, eds.; Axl Books 2013) and “Design research through practice: From the lab, field, and showroom” (w. Koskinen, Zimmerman, Binder, Redström and Wensveen; Morgan Kaufmann Publishers Inc 2011).
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